Archive for December, 2013

Alec Ross – Disruptor Foundation Senior Fellow, Former Senior Advisor for Innovation at the U.S. State Dept.

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Alec Ross served as Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In this role, Alec was tasked with maximizing the potential of technology in service of America’s diplomatic and development goals. Prior to his service at the State Department, Alec worked on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team and served as Convener for Obama for America’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications Policy Committee. In 2000, Alec Ross and three colleagues co-founded… [See Full Post]


Kenzo Digital – Director and Artist

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Kenzo Digital is a director and artist based in New York City. His work is dedicated to synthesizing new narrative forms by unifying traditional storytelling with groundbreaking technology. Kenzo is best known for his collaborative work with Beyonce, including her video-driven 2011 Billboard Awards performance and the United Nations’ World Humanitarian Day 2012 project, “I Was Here.” Previously, Kenzo worked as a creative director at Wieden+Kennedy, where he developed broadcast and print campaigns starring Dwyane… [See Full Post]


Whitney Johnson – Author and Founder, whitneyjohnson.com

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In this technology era where attentions are strewn like leaves in the wind, Whitney Johnson captivates. Genuineness, warmth and an ability to breed trust underscore her personal brand, as affirmed by one of her workshop participants: “Sincerity is often undervalued in our age of hype and hyperbole. But time and again, those who hold our attention always bring their heart into the conversation.” Whitney’s heartfelt encouragement creates courage, and with that, ideas grow. Having immersed… [See Full Post]


Norma Kamali – Designer and Wellness Advocate

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Norma Kamali is known for her innovative style and inventive approach to fashion.  She is known for directional, timeless concepts such as the sleeping bag coat, the high-heeled sneaker, clothing made from actual parachutes, influential swimwear, sweatshirt clothing as the forerunner of casual clothing and a collection of packable, wearable and multi-style clothing. Celebrities are naturally drawn to Norma’s clothing from Madonna to Raquel Welch to Beyonce today.  Norma launched her website in the mid-nineties… [See Full Post]


Jason Hirschhorn – CEO, ReDEF Group

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Jason Hirschhorn is an entrepreneur most comfortable at the intersection between entertainment and technology. He was formerly CEO of his first venture, Mischief New Media, Chief Digital Officer of MTV Networks, President of Sling Media, most recently Co-President of MySpace and serves on the Board of Directors of MGM. Jason is also an investor in Svpply, ThisMoment, Howcast, Buzz Media, and other startups. You can follow him on Twitter @JasonHirschhorn or via his widely read… [See Full Post]


Dr. Idit Harel – Founder and CEO, Globaloria

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Dr. Idit Harel is a pioneer in using new-media technology for creative learning, innovation, and globalization through constructionist learning theory. She founded the World Wide Workshop in 2004 to leverage her unique blend of award-winning research, business acumen, and leadership in spreading innovative new-media learning projects for benefiting kids and youth around the world. Most recently, the Workshop launched Globaloria to invent ways of using social networking and Web 2.0 tools to teach computing and… [See Full Post]


Sol Guy – Explorer and Social Entrepreneur

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A modern day renaissance man, Sol’s an Artist, Social Entrepreneur (ethical business), Artist Manager, Film and TV producer. Sol, a native of Canada, started his career as an MC and manager of the legendary Canadian hip hop group Rascalz. He then went on to work for Arista Records in New York City as director of International Artist Development. He began traveling the world, charting and propelling the development of Global Hip Hop gaining inspiration from… [See Full Post]


Ken Goldberg – Artist and Professor of Robotics, UC Berkeley

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Ken Goldberg is craigslist Distinguished Professor of New Media at UC Berkeley, where he and his students investigate robotics, art, and social media. Goldberg directs the Automation Sciences Research lab and is Faculty Director of the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative. Goldberg earned dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (1984) and MS and PhD degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (1990). He joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1995 where… [See Full Post]


George Fertitta – CEO, NYC and Company

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In June 2006, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the City’s plan to create a single marketing and tourism organization to be led by CEO George A. Fertitta. The creation of this single organization merged the three existing entities – NYC & Company, NYC Big Events and NYC Marketing. This expanded organization focused the additional financial resources and professional expertise to better achieve Mayor Bloomberg’s goal of attracting 50 million visitors annually by the year 2015…. [See Full Post]


Christopher Fabian – Co-Lead, UNICEF Innovation Unit

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Christopher Fabian is the co-lead of UNICEF’s Innovation Unit in NY. The Innovation Unit focuses on how technology for development can benefit the organization and improve the lives of children. The work done by the team in New York is thematically centered around Health, Education, Child Protection and Nutrition. Operationally the team looks at everything from uses of new and existing technologies to improve UNICEF’s work in the field to new types of partnerships for… [See Full Post]


Dr. Ken Gabriel – Corporate Vice President, Motorola Mobility

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Dr. Kaigham (Ken) J. Gabriel is a corporate vice president at Motorola Mobility and Deputy of ATAP.  Prior to joining MML, Ken was the Deputy Director of DARPA, the principal agency within the Department of Defense for research, development and demonstration of high-risk, high-payoff capabilities.  Previously, he was founder, chairman, and chief technical officer of Akustica, a semiconductor company commercializing Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) sensors for consumer electronics products.  He co-founded the MEMS Industry… [See Full Post]


Hugh Evans – Co-Founder and CEO, Global Poverty Project

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Hugh Evans’ passion for poverty eradication was sparked at the age of 14 whilst on a World Vision trip in the Philippines. Living with his host family in a Manila Slum, Hugh was struck by the injustice of a world in which birthplace determines your life prospects. Following a trip to South Africa in 2002 as World Vision’s inaugural Youth Ambassador, Hugh co-founded the Oaktree Foundation; Australia’s first youth run aid organization. Since 2003, Oaktree has… [See Full Post]


Peter McGuinness – Chief Marketing & Brand Officer, Chobani

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As Chief Marketing & Brand Officer at Chobani, Peter McGuinness oversees all global marketing and communication efforts for America’s No. 1–selling Greek Yogurt brand, including advertising, brand strategy, innovation, pricing, experiential, retail and digital marketing, and PR. Prior to Chobani, Peter served as President and CEO of DDB Chicago and Gotham. He brings more than 20 years of global marketing experience to the company, with a successful track record of shaping and growing some of… [See Full Post]


Deb Dugan – CEO, (RED)

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Deborah Dugan is the Chief Executive Officer of (RED).  (RED) was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and consumers to help fight AIDS in Africa. (RED) partners with the world’s most iconic brands, such as Apple, Starbucks and Converse, who contribute up to 50% of profits from the sale of (RED)-branded products and services to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.  To date (RED) has raised over… [See Full Post]


Anita Elberse – Professor, Harvard Business School

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Anita Elberse is the Lincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. She is one of the youngest female professors to have been promoted to full professor with tenure in Harvard Business School’s history. An award-winning teacher and scholar, Anita’s course on the businesses of entertainment, media, and sports ranks among the most sought-after courses in the School’s curriculum for MBA students. Anita is acclaimed for her scholarly research on digital-media strategies, and… [See Full Post]